By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will distribute 50,000 food packs to residents of Boracay in Aklan who are affected by the six-month closure of world-famous island.
DSWD Regional Director for Western Visayas Rebecca P. Geamala said an initial 17,000 packs were distributed this week to residents of the three barangays of Boracay.
There are 10,880 households that were issued with Disaster Assistance Family Access Cards in Barangays Balabag, Manocmanoc, and Yapak.
“Nobody will be left behind. This is why we are bringing in packs more than the number of households,” Geamala.
Each pack contains rice, assorted canned goods and coffee amounting to P417.
Aside from the registered households, DSWD is also distributing food packs to temporary residents of the island.
DSWD assured that the packs were safe.
A Boracay resident posted photos and videos on social networking site Facebook last June that showed contaminated canned goods and rice. The packs came from the regional DSWD office.
“Most of the rice are in vacuum-sealed packs,” Geamala said.
More than halfway through the six-month closure of Boracay, DSWD is continuing its other programs.
At least P106.7 million has been released under DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program. A financial grant of P15,000 each were given to 7,119 persons.
The department has released at least P41.2 million under the Aid to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program. This is financial aid for n transportation, medical, educational, or burial assistance.
DSWD’s cash-for-work program has also released P29.6 million to 5,126 people.